There are plenty of things to do in Koh Samui for you to stay busy while visiting this island. Koh Samui is Thailand’s second largest island and is full of beautiful beaches, waterfalls, temples and even oddly shaped rocks that look like genitals.
How to get to Koh Samui
To get to Koh Samui, we used 12Go to book an overnight train and ferry from Bangkok. 12Go is a super cheap and reliable way get around Thailand and other popular Southeast Asian countries.
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Where to stay in Koh Samui
The most popular area to stay in Koh Samui is on the east side of the island, close to Chaweng beach. We stayed close to the Samui Poshtel and found it to be the perfect spot. If you’re not on a budget then you can check out the resorts in the area such as The Samui Beach Resort as well as Baan Talay Resort.
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Top Things to do in Koh Samui
1. Explore the beautiful beaches
There are a number of great beaches on Koh Samui, each with their own style and feeling. Some beaches have incredible crystal clear water whilst others are more laid back and sleepy. Silver Beach is definitely the best beach on the island and was one of our favourite things to do in Koh Samui. Silver Beach is filled with perfect white sand, insane clear blue water and large granite boulders that look stunning in photos. If you’re after a place to relax under the shade of the palm trees and do nothing all day, then Maenam Beach is perfect for just that.
For a full list of the best Koh Samui beaches check out our Best Beaches on Koh Samui guide!
2. Na Muang Waterfalls
One of the best waterfalls on Koh Samui are the Na Muang Waterfalls which also include two different falls. The waterfalls are located only a short drive away from each other. Na Muang Waterfall 1 is a tall cliff slope with water that runs down into an awesome swimming hole. In addition, you’ll find locals and tourists here on a hot day, swimming and jumping off the rocks.
Na Muang Waterfall 2 is a little more of a hike. However, the view from the natural infinity pool at the top is well worth it. Hiking to the top of the waterfall is one of the best things to do in Koh Samui as the view will take your breath away. Once at the top you’ll be rewarded with a small pool that overlooks the palm trees and jungle below. If you have the time and are up for a little adventure be sure not to miss out on this waterfall.
For more details on the Na Muang Waterfalls, check out our full blog post here.
3. Overlap Stone Viewpoint
Overlap Stone Viewpoint is a slightly hidden viewpoint and is one of the lesser known hidden gems on Koh Samui. The viewpoint can be easy to miss and there is even an additional viewpoint on the way. Once you’re there the views are stunning, not to mention the large boulders that are naturally resting on top of each other. The view opens up above the winding roads through the jungle as well as the blue waters of Lamai Beach. There was no one else around when we visited. We were able to admire the beautiful view to ourselves and were also able to take photos freely.
For more information on finding Overlap Stone Viewpoint, check out our blog post here.
4. Visit the Incredible Temples
Visiting the incredible temples was another one of our favourite things to do in Koh Samui. The temples are full of detail, incredible architecture and massive statues. The most well-known is the Big Buddha Temple which features a giant 12 metre golden Buddha that sits at the top of a picturesque staircase. Wat Plai Laem is another temple complex that features two more giant statues. There is an 18 armed Goddess of Mercy and Compassion and also a large laughing Buddha.
There are three temples in particular that you shouldn’t miss out on so be sure to check out our blog post on the best Koh Samui Temples here.
5. Grandfather & Grandmother Rock (Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks)
Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks are very unique and are surprisingly in the shape of female and male genitals. As bizarre as the name sounds, it’s a popular attraction on the island and one that we couldn’t help but laugh at. It’s a funny sight to see but be ready for the crowds of tourists that flock there during the day. Although, we did manage to find a pretty awesome rock pool spot that looked great for photos. Most of the tourists are too busy looking at Grandfather Rock to notice the tiny sand bay surrounded by rocks.
For more information on the Hin Ta & Hin Yai rocks or where the rock pool spot is, check out our full blog here.